File photo – The 2018 Ferndale AAA Mustangs

A great season in football is showing no signs of slowing down for Ferndale.

And the success is not limited to the high school team, which clinched a first league title in six years this past weekend and is expected to be among the top seeds for the North Coast Section Division-7 playoffs.

The Cream City’s youth football teams are also on a roll this fall, with all three seeded either No. 1 or 2 for the Six Rivers Youth Football playoffs, which kick off on Sunday with a pair of triple-headers at Hoopa and Del Norte.

And that gives all three Ferndale teams an opening-round bye.

In the AAA bracket, the defending champion Mustangs are seeded No. 1 after a 6-1 regular season, with their only loss coming against No. 3 seed Del Norte Gold earlier this month.

McKinleyville, which placed second to the Mustangs a year ago, is seeded No. 2 for this year’s postseason and will also have an opening-round bye after also posting a regular season record of 6-1.

Getting things started on Sunday, Del Norte (5-2) and No. 6 Redwood (1-6) play in Crescent City, while No. 4 Eureka (4-3) and No. 5 Eel River Valley (3-4) will play at Hoopa High School.

Both games will cap a triple-header of action at each location, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m.


Earlier in the day, the Single-A teams will get the playoffs under way at 9:30 a.m.

The only local undefeated team in the regular season in all three divisions is Eel River Valley A, which is 7-0 and seeded No. 1 for the postseason.

The No. 2 seed is Ferndale (6-1), which will also enjoy an opening-weekend bye.

Getting the action under way on Sunday, No. 3 Del Norte (4-4) will open in Crescent City against No. 6 Eureka (1-6), while No. 4 Mack (3-3) will open against No. 5 Redwood (3-4) in Hoopa.


In a competitive AA bracket, No. 1 Eureka and No. 2 Ferndale will each have an opening-round bye after identical 7-1 regular seasons.

No. 3 Redwood (6-2) will play No. 6 Del Norte Gold (3-5) in Crescent City, while No. 4 Hoopa (4-4) will play No. 5 Del Norte Blue (3-5).

Both AA games are set for noon.

All three championship games will be played at the Redwood Bowl on Sunday November 10.


Ray Hamill writes at, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.